Can You Use Dishwasher Tablets to Clean the Shower?

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Your dishwasher tablets are tough on soap scum, too.

There’s a satisfactory feeling that comes with finishing a cleaning project, the kind that leaves your appliances sparkling clean and your house smelling fresh. But most of the time, the only feeling that comes with cleaning the bathroom is dread. The scrubbing, the rinsing, the strong-smelling products—it’s a lot.

To help you out, we’ve covered plenty of cleaning hacks in the past, like how to clean a shower head with a Ziploc bag. Today comes another inexpensive bathroom cleaning trick: dishwasher tablets can help remove soap scum.

How to Use Dishwasher Tablets to Clean the Shower

You’ll need a handful of materials for this hack—a pressed-powder dishwasher tablet like Finish, warm water and rubber gloves.

This cleaning hack may be cheap, but it will require vigorous scrubbing. Once you have your materials assembled, dunk the dishwasher tablet into warm water, letting it saturate before scrubbing away at the soap scum on the walls, fixtures and glass in your shower.

This may take some time depending on the state of you shower, and you’ll have to experiment on what scrubbing motions and methods work best. After some time, rinse the area off with hot water, and repeat the process with any leftover scum. That’s all there is to it!

This will only use a couple dishwasher tablets, so what do you do with the rest? Get rid of the grease and grime in your oven. Here’s how to use dishwasher tablets to clean your oven.

Does It Really Work?

The short answer is yes, but it depends on two things—how bad the soap scums are in your shower and how much patience you have.

Because dishwasher tablets are small, they cover a very small surface area when you’re on your hands and knees scrubbing away. It might take some time for the surfaces to sparkle again, but as long as you’re ready to put in the effort, the tablets should clean up your shower without breaking the bank. For faster results, though, clean with Barkeeper’s Friend.

If you need a pep talk before tackling the bathroom, take a look at these shower cleaning hacks for inspiration.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.